Dorothy Henry 1929-2019

Dorothy Agnes (Eisenbarth) Henry, 90, of Holton, formerly of Goff, passed away peacefully at The Pines, surrounded by her loving family on the Feast of the Assumption, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. 

Born April 15, 1929, Dorothy was the youngest of seven children born to the unity of Henry and Agnes (Ross) Eisenbarth. She graduated from Corning High School in 1946.

On Nov. 9, 1950 she married the love of her life, Donald Henry, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Corning. 

She worked at Sage Grocery in Corning, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Topeka and a laundromat in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., while her husband Don was stationed in the U.S. Army. In 1958 they bought a farm south of Goff, where they operated a Grade A dairy and were partners of Henry Brothers Farms and Henry Brothers Implement, Inc. 

Dorothy enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing cards, cooking, baking, making rosaries and music. Most of all, she enjoyed her family. She humbly donated gallons of blood to the American Red Cross until she was no longer able. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and St. James Altar Society.

She taught piano lessons for many years to numerous students, many of whom she guided to play the organ at church at very young ages. She played the organ for endless weddings and funerals also. She often visited local nursing homes, entertaining residents with her beautiful piano talent. It was touching to walk into The Pines to see her sitting at the piano, entertaining her fellow residents until a few months before her death.

In 2014 she received the Prestigious Papal Blessing imparted by the Pope for 75 years of playing the organ for the Catholic Church.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Tim (Deb) Henry of Goff, Alice (Randy) Tanking of Wetmore, Marlene (Matt) Wagoner of Salina, Joan (Fred) Hirsch of Abilene and Craig (Pam) Henry of Eaton Rapids, Mich.; her brother Lou (Nadine) Eisenbarth of Topeka; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her dear husband of 62 years, Don; her siblings, Margaret Vondenkamp, Lawrence Sr., Cyril, Norbert and John; and a granddaughter, Katie Wagoner. 

A rosary was prayed at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca and at St. James Catholic Church in Wetmore on Aug. 18. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Arul Carasala on Monday, Aug. 19 at St. James Catholic Church in Wetmore. The draping of the pall over Dorothy’s casket was by her children. Servers were Reese Tanking, Marshall Tanking and Braden Henry. Music was by Ellie Hutfles, Ron Heinen and Connie Marzen. The commentators were Vicky Henry, Mary Collins and Joel Hesed. The giftbearers were her granddaughters, Julie Hesed, Jill Henry, Jenny Cuper, Bree Levin, Liz Wagoner, Michelle Hirsch and Danielle. The communion distributor was Annette Schreiber. The pallbearers were Lou Eisenbarth, Scott Henry, Ross Henry, Derek Henry, Andy Henry, Josh Tanking, Jeff Tanking, Jason Tanking, Joe Tanking, Nick Oxandale, Bryan Hirsch, Brent Hirsch, D.J. Parsons and Tyler Barnes.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Catholic Church and other memorials to be designated later. 

Lauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To express your sympathy and for more information visit


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